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Any reports from this weekend? I was on the South end and picked up a few but it wasn't too hot. Anyone know the water temp on the North end?

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Fished the weeds on the west side with the other 200 boats and got 8 keept 3. What a nice night to be out. 1/2 moon and just the right amount of wind. grin.gif

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We started out Saturday afternoon with some nice keeper Perch in 4' water in Vineland Bay with fatheads and then hit the west side south of Garrison for the night eyes in 4-8' trolling crank's. Chrome and blue HJ 10's seemed to get the most fish, largest was 28". Very good action started about 1/2 hour before dark and went til we shut down at 9 with a total of 9 walleyes all but 3 in the slot. Water temp was 42.6 degrees.

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fished today in Isle bay, 38 9"-12" perch, and 4 eyes 15-18 inches. Eyes we're hanging off the edge in about 15' during day, perch we're in about 4-6 ft. Great day to be out!! I'm betting one of the LAST few!! The BUMBLE

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You should ask Dhenry, he hits atleast 30 everytime the guy goes out. it has been a slow year for everyone else. Maybe the bite will pick up this winter. FYI catching over 30 from 6-12 means you boat a fish about every 12 min. including fights and release time, that is about as fast as possible. When the bite is really hot it can happen but not every time out. ooo.gif

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Not true, our first trip in Sept. we caught four fish, our first trip in October we caught in the low 20's. On another night I was by myself and caught 12 fish. 3 of our 6 nights on the water this fall have had 30 fish nights. Personally, I think this fall has been one of the best in recent years and I'd guess there are others that would agree. One of the keys is not fishing from 6-12, but fishing from 6-2 or 2:30 which we did this weekend. The other key, for me, is to have three guys in the boat which increases the catch significantly. Also, I think between 12-1 on sat. night we caught about a dozen fish which is a fish every five minutes (also lost several). If your netting every fish and taking pictures you can't do this, but if you are releasing at the side of the boat, it is easily done. The key here was getting away from the boat traffic. TRZ, I'd love to have you join me for a night on the lake as I believe the best bite will be over the next 2-3 weeks.

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Hey TRZ,

I was in the boat one of those nights with Dhenry and we caught 33 from 7:00 to 1:30. It was me and my father that went along. There were a handful of times that we had double's. So your math is off, you have to take into account for double's, in addition there was a couple of times that we caught fish while still letting out line. I have heard some "fish Stories" on this website but this is not one. I have heard from Dhenry when he has just caught a few also, usually when he is by himself. I think there is something to having three in the boat, it lets you have more colors and change your distance and find the fish that much faster.

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WOW!!! I guess that when a guy puts a report on here, you better have your ducks in a row!! Well TRZ, FYI, there we're 3 of us in the boat, we fished from 8:30 am, till 3:00 pm, my wife, son and I, there, put that into perspective.... also, I thought this forum was for sharing truethful reports, to benefit those who read it, you know, the guys that only get out maybe 1 or 2 times a month, and read these to get a heads up on where he can maybe get a meal of fish, and enjoy the day, as we did on Sunday. To be honest, I'd of fished all day, and wouldn't of cared if I caught a cold!!!, I just enjoy being outdoors, and sharing it w/ friends, or family. Maybe if you weren't so worried about how many fish you caught in thee alotted time you we're out, you might cath 38 perch, and 4 walleyes the next time you we're out!! Whoops, I forgot, fishing is suppose to be stress free!! The BUMBLE

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Dhenry,

If you ever have an opening, let me know. Just let me know where to meet and what to bring. What would be your top 5-10 Cranks ?? Sizes and colors ??(mpothen@intricon.com)

Rodmaker

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I have to agree with D. Definitely not gonna smack 30 every time out, but it is very possible to do it at least half of the time. Some days you are just on them.

Like he said, and we probably shouldn't even be saying this, but the bite is better after midnight. Every time that I have done real well on the pond in the fall, it was right around 1-3 a.m. Usually alot of boats clear out after midnight and the fishing will pick up. Might lose a little sleep, but it's worth it.

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Agreed, some good fishing may be right at dark and then better after midnight when others leave early. When we drove into the casino bay at 1am saturday I was pretty suprised at how few boats were there. Last year the bay was full till mid November. There are plenty of areas holding fish and you will increase your catch by keeping distance from others since you are fishing in shallow water, the fish will spook easily.

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Dhenry, no doubt that you are a fine fisherman, 3 out of 6 with over 30 is very impressive. 25 was my best and that was in sept. I think you are proablbly right about the later the better. I also think that posting that you have a lot of 30 fish night makes people think it is a really hot bite which it is not and makes it even harder with increased boat traffic. Personaly i love going after the big pike in day time, along with perch-which i think are at an all-time high level- in my 6 trips i could have brought home a nice limit every time. Boat traffic being at a very high level for the fall really put a damper on the bite for many including myself who usually leave the water by 11 or 12. i also know very well that 30 fish nights are possible, i had a 50 last year but they are very rare, especially this year. good luck the rest of the way-i also never got one over 27 this year which was an all time low for me.

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I agree 100 %.

You have to put your time in on the water and it will pay off. The more you fish an area ,the more familiar you are. You get to know their patterns, which is the whole key on Mille Lacs. It's the same I'm sure when fishing the mud in Summer. Try to stay away from the heavy traffic, and keep an open mind. Don't get stuck to one pattern or color.

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TRZ, 50's are very rare. I remember about 7 years ago when I first started fishing for Mille Lacs fall walleyes and was reading reports on "fish the river.com"(now (Contact Us Please).com)...reports of 50-60 fish nights. I was in total disbelief and then was lucky enough to find an opening with James Holst. I think we caught 64 walleyes that night. Doubles, triples and what a lesson in "hunting" walleyes. James is a fishing machine and a great teacher and changed the way I fish for walleyes.

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Went out of Wahkon last night and caught fish pitching jigs in the rock piles. Anyone made it out in the past few nights?

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Well said "D".

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